Volume 140 Number 27 - Jul 04, 2013


Escapee from Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility apprehended after 11 hours
Escapee from Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility apprehended after 11 hours Wife arrested and charged as accomplice
A prisoner who escaped from the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility early Tuesday morning was free for about 11 hours before being apprehended later that afternoon.

Spectacular fireworks, live band set for Independence Day celebration
St. Charles Parish will hold its 23rd annual Independence Day Celebration from 6 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park.


Looking Back Part III: The Tort Reform Special Session of 1996
Dan Juneau
For years the civil justice system in Louisiana was one of the worst in the nation in spite of very few bills being passed by the Legislature to liberalize tort laws and generate more lawsuits.

Our View

World Trade Center should remain
It’s unbelievable that The Tricentennial Plan in New Orleans would provide for tearing down one of the most significant buildings in the city — the World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street. A non-descript sculpture would replace it similar to the arch that decorates the Mississippi River water front in St. Louis.

Sheriffs Reports

Arrests (July 3)
From staff and wire reports
•Mark Hilles, 22, of 1240 Mazant St. in New Orleans, was arrested on June 23 and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder and theft of goods less than $500.


Boutte native puts the bling in the New York art scene
Kyle Barnett
Being atop the New York City art world is a long way from singing in nursing homes and still further is the dream of a young artist from a small town making it big in on of most important metropolises in the world.
Engagement: Alavi-Ockman
From staff and wire reports
Perry Donnaud and Azar Donnaud of Paradis are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Azadeh Alavi, to Mark Anthony Ockman, the son of Russell and Jean Ockman of Chackbay.
This week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pet “Charlie”
From staff and wire reports
Charlie, a three year old male short hair Siamese mix, is this week’s Humane Society showcase adoption pet.
St. Charles Parish Women’s club honors locals for Making a Difference”
From staff and wire reports
The St. Charles Women's Club recently held its annual Disbursement program at the Satellite Center in Luling. Over $21,000 dollars was given to provide resources and financial support for scholarships, local charities and service organizations to residents of St. Charles Parish.
First Baptist Church “Widowers Lunch”
From staff and wire reports
The First Baptist Church Deacon Body hosted a churchwide luncehon to honor their widows and widowers.


Clayton Joseph Barbin, 70, passed away on June 15 at his residence.
Anna Lee Brogdon Shurtz, 89, passed into spirit on June 22 at Sunrise Senior Living of Baton Rouge, her home for the last 5 years.
Elise Anne Andrews Hebert, 40, entered peacefully into heaven on Friday, June 28 at her home in Luling surrounded by her loving family.